Paula Josa-Jones   
Horse Retreat Clinic
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Paula Josa-Jones - Horse Retreat Clinic
Conscious Touch and Conscious Movement with Horses

June 16 at 4:00p.m. through June 19 at 11:00a.m., 2020 
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  3. Delicious meals
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Connecting Heart, Body & Mind 

Join Paula Josa-Jones, bestselling author of the book 'Our Horses - Ourselves', for an experiential retreat workshop that focuses on developing our ability to use mindful, embodied touch as a way of deepening our connection with horses. Conscious Touch, Conscious Movement supports ease and balance in the bodies of both horse and human, helping us become more conscious about what we are signaling with our bodies (and minds), and more open to what the horse is offering. 

Between 60 and 80 percent of our communications are nonverbal, spoken in the bodily languages of movement and touch.  To communicate effectively with our horses, we must be fluent in these interspecies, bodily languages.

One of the most profound dimensions of our relationship with our horses is touch - the sensory language spoken with our hands and our entire body. Touch is how we connect, explore, and soothe. Touch brings us into an immediate sensual relationship with the world around us. Touching dissolves our separateness, and is the most intimate way that we bridge the space between two beings.

How we touch - the quality of intention, receptivity, and listening that we bring to that - defines our attention to and caring for each other. Touching is always a shared act, we are always being touched by what we are touching in an ongoing, reciprocal relationship.

Often the way we touch our horses is about doing, rather than nurturing a shared experience of just being. Practicing Conscious Touch is a powerful way of bringing greater feeling and harmony to the bodies of both horse and human, and regulation of the shared nervous system.
The second, and often misunderstood or neglected dimension of our equine relationships is movement. Horses, as prey animals, can illuminate issues or give insights into places of resistance or habits of body and mind that we may not even be conscious of. 
Because horses mirror our physical and emotional expression, they show us when we are "out of sync" - when inner feelings and outer behaviors are not in harmony. Unlike humans (or any predator), horses are congruent; their outward behavior always matches their inner feeling. Horses are not judgmental, but simply responsive. Often our movement unconsciously reflects an unsettled or distracted state of mind.  Bringing greater awareness to the way we move, and the effect of our movement on our horses can dissolve long-standing “problems” and illuminate inadvertent lessons that we may be teaching our horses with our movement behaviors.
Conscious Touch, Conscious Movement helps us experience and understand:
  • How to use movement and touch to create congruence between what we are feeling inside and what we are expressing outwardly.
  • Deepening connection, awareness and attunement with yourself and the horse.
  • Simple movements to create ease and flow in your body and that of the horse.
  • Letting go of habits of body and mind that may create unnecessary tension in you or the horse.
  • Becoming more trustworthy to yourself and the horse.
  • How to feel both giving and receiving with your hands and body.
  • Noticing when our movement and touch is transmitting inadvertent or unintentional tension.
  • Specific strategies for settling the nervous system when activated.
  • How to integrate mindful touch and mindful movement into your day-to-day activities with horses.
Your days will be spent moving between learning embodied touch & movement for yourself, and carrying what you've learned to the horses. Not to mention indulging yourself in the comfort that the farm offers! Mountain Horse Farm is a horse & farm sanctuary and a wellness retreat. You will be staying at the farm in a comfortable, well-appointed room. All delicious meals are included - so no need to drive back & forth to a hotel room or finding a place to eat - let us take care of you from the moment you arrive until you leave as friends. Paula will be staying at the farm as well. 

We will begin on Tuesday evening with an introduction that will prepare us for the full and fun days ahead. You will be working with our herd of horses. A well-established herd of 6, all different breeds & sizes who live a life as natural as possible with lots of freedom & choices. Bringing your own horses is not possible. The retreat does not involve riding but if you are a rider you will find that what you have learned, will positively influences the way you ride. We recommend this retreat for riders & non-riders and it's suitable for all levels of experience with horses. ​We especially recommend this retreat for people that work with rescue or therapy horses.  We welcome 6-8 hands-on participants (no auditors).  

​​​The retreat includes 3 overnight stays, all meals starting with dinner on the first evening and ending with breakfast on the last morning, snacks & non-alcoholic drinks. We'll have a closing on Friday morning after breakfast and check-out is by 11:00a.m.

To join us you will be required to sign a waiver.

​​​Mountain Horse Farm is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region, famous for its wineries and breweries, gorgeous lakes and waterfalls. You may want to consider adding a few days to your trip to explore the area. 
  1. Our Horses, Ourselves - The Book
    An Uncommon book for all those seeking Connection with others
  2. Conscious Touch & Movement with Horses
    Conscious Touch & Conscious Movement focus on developing our ability to use mindful, embodied touch as a way of deepening our connection with our horses. Conscious Touch & Conscious Movement support ease and balance in the bodies of both horse and human, helping us become more aware of what we are signaling with our bodies (and minds), and more open to what the horse is offering.
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​​Paula Josa-Jones is a choreographer, dancer and movement artist who brings an improvisational perspective to all of her work.
She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CMA), and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist (RSMET) accredited by ISMETA.
She is a Guild-certified Tellington TTEAM practitioner and a Somatic Experiencing® practitioner, trained in the trauma recovery work of Dr. Peter Levine.
Her writings on movement and dance have been published, and she writes a blog called RideDanceWrite. Her book, Our Horses, Ourselves: Discovering the Common Body was published in 2017. As the creator of Embodied Equine Experiencing™ she teaches an intuitive, improvisational approach to the human-horse bond with movement and touch.

Paula presented at Equine Affaire in November 2018 &2019.

Sign up by yourself and stay in a room by yourself with a private bathroom - all-inclusive rate: $1,350+tax
Sign up with 2 or more people that share a room: each of you will receive a $200 discount. 
Our rooms either have 1 king bed, 1 queen bed or 2 queen beds.
Please let us know about your preferences. 

​If you are signing up with 2 or more people that share a room, please all sign up online individually, and mention that you would like to share a room. We will apply the discount after we receive your online booking.​

We may have a few spots available for people that live locally and don't wish to include overnight accommodations. Please call Suzanne at 585-374-5056 or email at [email protected] for availability and details.

Waiver: You will be required to sign a waiver.

​Deposit & final payment:
To hold your spot, we will ask for payment of a deposit of $550.00 per person. The balance is due two months  before the clinic.

Cancellation policy: Cancellations that are made at least 2 months in advance will receive a full refund minus a $100.00 cancellation fee. Regretfully we can not give refunds past the cancellation deadline. The only exception we can make is that we will refund 80% of your deposit in case we can rebook your spot with another participant.

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